A 64-year-old former Army captain, who was discharged from service in 1983, was arrested for allegedly stealing books from a library in Delhi Cantonment.
Police claimed that while they initially suspected that the accused, Mukesh Chopra, could be spying for an agency, they have been unable to find anything to ascertain that so far. An FIR of theft has been registered against him at Delhi Cantonment police station, an officer said.
Chopra, who moved abroad around 20 years ago, works as a business analyst for a private firm.
“He came to India from Hong Kong three days ago to attend a wedding in Noida and was staying with his brother in Vasant Kunj. The incident came to light after police were informed by the administration department of Manekshaw Centre that a man came there and stole five books from its library, including an in-house magazine. The librarian, on finding a few books missing, scanned CCTV footage,” a senior police officer said.
Chopra was detained from Manekshaw Centre based on a complaint by Amit Hadeja, deputy director, administration, Delhi Cantonment.
“Senior officers were alerted and the intelligence agency was called for joint interrogation. Police have recovered four mobile phones from his possession and are trying to retrieve deleted data. He has told police that he stays with his family in Canada,” an officer said, adding that the matter is under investigation.
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